We apologize for the radio silence since we have been home. It has been busy, but things are going well all things considered. Jake is adjusting very well to his new home. We are fortunate that he adjusted to the time difference relatively quickly and has been sleeping through the night for a couple weeks. We tend to compare everything to when we brought Max home, so a week to get over jet lag for Jake is nothing compared to the 3+ weeks it took Max. it is amazing how much sunlight and melatonin can help with that process. Ann takes Jake out for a run/walk every morning (sometimes more walking then running depending on the heat index and hills), we think the fresh air has been good for his internal clock. His napping still leaves room for improvement, but is getting better. There have been a lot of blood curdling screams at nap time, the neighbors can confirm. We suspect part of the issue is being alone in the bedroom is scary for him having never had his own room. He will have plenty of company once he starts daycare in October, so we are not too concerned. Developmentally, Jake is doing very well. We had our appointment last week at the U of M International Adoption clinic and they were very positive about his development and attachment so far. They are very thorough- we spent 3 hours there and saw not only the physician, Dr. Cynthia Howard, but the Occupational Therapist did an evaluation as well for his development and was very impressed. Next week we see the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon to have his leg and hip assessed. We are hopeful we can get Jake up walking soon- he is ready and is standing on his own but cannot move forward due to his leg and hip. We are anticipating lots of physical therapy and probably a surgery or two.
Max is also adjusting well to his new role as Big Brother. He was a little hesitant at first, mostly because Jake cried quite a bit- and VERY LOUDLY! When Max’s teacher asked what he thought of his little brother a day or two after coming home, he responded “he’s really loud”! Now that the crying has decreased, Max is much happier with his little brother. Max has had to endure quite a bit of change these past few weeks as in addition to Jake, he started Pre-K last week so has a new teacher, has to wear a uniform and is in a new classroom. The first couple days were rough, but he told us last night he likes school and his teachers so all is right in the world. The boys love bath time and Max always asks to bathe with Jake. They are pretty cute together, it is so nice to see. Jake will imitate every move Max makes, something that I think makes Max very happy. We have started calling Jake “Jakezilla” due to his love of destroying Lego towers and train track configurations much to Max’s disliking.
We are very grateful for all the kind words and support from all of you. We are looking forward to all of you meeting Jake sometime soon.
Take care all!
Tim, Ann, Max and Jake